Johan Lidberg

  • I am Senior Lecturer in journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, MFJ, at Monash University. I am the research coordinator and deputy head of the journalism section in the school. I teach Journalism Law and Ethics at undergraduate and post graduate levels and supervise honours and PhD students. My main research areas are Freedom of Information, access to information and media accountability, journalism ethics and reporting climate change and the environment.

    I will also supervise post graduate students in the following areas:

    • Information access and WikiLeaks
    • Freedom of speech and public interest issues
    • Business and financial reporting
    • Political reporting
    • Reporting climate change
    • Reporting war and conflict

    This blog describes my research and will also contain analysis and comment pieces related to my areas of interest. In the publications menu you will find some of my journal articles in full text version and links to those available on-line.

Latest News & Opinion

  • As a result of the first Monash journalism research round table in 2014 myself and co-editor Denis Muller, Centre for Advancing Journalism Melbourne University, signed a book contract with Anthem Press just before Christmas 2015. The working name for the  book is ‘In the name of security – secrecy, surveillance and journalism’. It is an ... Read more
  • My latest piece on the state of the federal freedom of information system is published in the Conversation. In a year and a half the Abbott government managed, in practice, to undo the painstaking reforms of the federal Freedom of Information (FOI) system that took shape in 2008 and came into force in late 2010. In the ... Read more
  • Images are powerful. They can shift the tide of history. The naked Vietnamese girl running away from American napalm bombings (1973) changed public opinion on the Vietnam war. The man stopping the tank on Tiananmen square (1989) showed the power of non-violent protest. The harrowing image of three year old Syran boy Alan Kurdi washed ... Read more
  • ‘In the fallout of the 2008 global financial crisis, the financial media were criticised for failing to fulfil a watchdog role, for boosting the global asset boom that contributed to the crisis, and for exacerbating the crisis when it happened. Among the strongest accusations was that financial journalists had been captured by the small coterie of ... Read more
  • My latest article in Journalism Studies with colleagues Sophie Knowles and Gail Phillips. Abstract: During the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, the financial press attracted criticism for its coverage: specifically that it did not provide any forewarnings to the general public; that it lacked sufficient scepticism when reporting on financial and economic trends; and that reporters ... Read more
  • My latest article on FOI reform in Australia ‘Next generation Freedom of Information – from ‘pull’ to ‘push’: a comparative study’ published by the Australian Journalism Review, Vol 37, no.1, July, 2015. Read more
  • The ABC’s Media Report covered a recent study with colleagues Sophie Knowles and Gail Phillips on reporting the boom and bust cycles of the 1990s recession, the dot com bust in 2000 and the Global Financial Crisis in 2007. The article will be published in the next issue of Journalism Studies. My interview with Media ... Read more
  • The stand off between Julian Assange and the Swedish prosecutor has entered its fifth year. In my latest essay on this topic, three independent legal experts assess the core claims on each side. The essay is published in New Matilda. Read more
  • The disclosure of the full business case for the East West road link in Melbourne confirmed what many had suspected – the project is a dud. The release also unequivocally shows that the Victorian Freedom of Information (FOI) system failed on its most basic task – that is, to facilitate the disclosure of information that ... Read more
  • Lo and behold! The Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill was yesterday defeated in the Australian Senate. This means the OAIC will NOT be shut at the end of the year. It could, however, be a hollow victory. The funding of the office will probably be gutted (if the Hockey budget ever passes…) and ... Read more